Cantillon Don Quijote | Brasserie Cantillon

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Cantillon
Belgium
cantillon.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A fruit lambic brewed with Italian grapes similar to Concord grapes or Fox grapes (Vitis Labrusca) brewed exclusively for a Florence, Italy, Pub in 2008.

Added by kappldav123 on 06-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
81
Reviews:
47
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
11.8%
 
 
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470
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7
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of scottfrie
4.86/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A very special thanks to colonelforbin for opening The Don.

A: Pours a deep murky iced tea amber with a very thin bubbly white head.
S: Super sweet smelling with dominating notes of sugary grapes. There is a decent amount of funk beneath the sweetness that reminds me of Pez candy mixed with cheese and used baby diaper.
T: Heavy grape mouth. The grapes really do taste similar to Concord, and I can’t help but be reminded of grape jelly or grape juice. Light funk, cranberry juice, drying tannins and a little bit of grease come through alongside a bit of lemony citrus acid. Not as much baby poop as the nose. This is one of the best combination of sweet and funky flavors I’ve had the pleasure of drinking.
M: Extremely dry and extremely smooth. Sweet fruit balanced the dryness, and the acid is smooth and mellow.
O: A delight to be savored. All that were present can attest to how long it took me to drink my glass. I’ve never tasted a beer with this unique grape flavor profile. Definitely lives up to the hype.

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4.13/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750mL thanks to Travlr. Given to me on my 24th birthday and shared at Sour Epic Part 2. Thank you Gene! The pour is quite hysterical- sort of a clear, neon purple with deep sunset highlights. A short lived pink head fizzes. Dregs at the end look opaque fuschia. Nose is at first a lot of white grape juice moving to sweet strawberry and tangy rhubarb. Very bright aroma and sweet grape juice and even hints of cinnamon and clove. Taste is straight geuze all the way with big tanginess, white pepper, mild berry character, and ruby red grapefruit sections and peel. Acidity level is perfect- juicy and tangy. Vibrant and bright. Perfect palate. Very yummy overall though I’m told the grape robustness is falling off and instead gaining more normal geuze complexity like older Blabaer batches. 12/12/2011 8/4/8/5/16=4.1

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4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to Umberto for busting out this rare treat during our epic drinking session at The Goblin Pub in Pavullo nel Frignano, Italy. Your generosity knows no limits!

Pours a hazy, bright amber color with golden orange edges and a one finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks and spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Sweet vinous aroma with a really strong grape presence countered by a decent amount of musty funk. Nice earthy barnyard character with some horseblanket, lactic funk, cobweb, oak and grape must. Subtle acetic presence but the sweet grape and vinous dark fruit notes keep it in check. Very inviting nose with the vinous fruit and musty funk complimenting each other perfectly.

Tart and puckering with a good amount of sourness but it never becomes harsh or overly acidic. Lots of earthy barnyard funk and sweet, vinous fruit notes balancing things out. Kind of reminds me of fresh St. Lamvinous but just a bit sweeter and more vinous. There's a very prominent grape presence that counters the dry, musty funk and sour acidity nearly perfectly. Surprising how prominent the vinous fruit still is after four years. Some brett and lactic funk contribute to the complexity yet this beer remains delicate and easy to drink with some lingering acetic flavor in the finish that leaves me drooling for more. I could see this being too sweet and not sour enough for some people but I loved the balance of flavors.

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4.39/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle generously shared by colonelforbin. Huge thanks to Mike for sharing this rarity. The Don pours cruddy reddish amber with a small white head that settles to a ring and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. The musty, earthy grape juice. Lots of grape juice, like Welch's. There is also an aroma that smells like smarties as well as a bit of a mineral note and very light sulfur. The initial taste has a bit of sweetness with lots of musty grape juice. It is fairly tart with lactic acid. The smarties come through in the taste as well. The finish is drying with more grape juice. There as also a slight astringency. Medium body. Medium-low carbonation. This beer is certainly unique and very good. The Don lives up to the hype.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been waiting a long time for this day. My biggest personal whale for as long as I can remember.

A-Pours a cloudy pinkish brownish red...kinda resembles a grapefruit in color actually. Small white head of tight, white bubbles.

S-Nose is explosive fruit, specifically a mix of welch’s grapes and grapefruit. I don’t know where people were getting the shit/dirty diaper notes on this before, I think this smells amazing. Doesn’t have as much of the Cantillon funk I expected.

T-Flavor is incredibly tart, there is still a good amount of grape present, but I’ve been told its faded quite a bit since the last bottle the group had opened. There is some light lemon, but again, a lot less than a typical Cantillon offering.

M-Light mouthfeel, good acidity, good carbonation, and a long finish.

O-Such a great experience! I was skeptical that it wouldn’t hold up to the hype, but this beer is incredible. I think I need to follow through on getting one for the cellar. Thanks for going after this guy with me Ethan and Chris!

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

never ever thought i would be doing this....

pour was a faint red with some violet. head was white and frothy with a hint of faint color like light red in it. some retention and lacing. pour was from towards the top so it was fairly clear and clean.

scent was interesting. lots of cheese, old sweat, musty, with this light sharpness and intense concord grape. very complex and interesting.

starts out quite sour and intense, then starts to fade out with a just amazing combination of subtle oak, mustiness, and straight grape in the finish. the grape just sits on the tongue. yes.

nice and dry with some help from the oak. nice mild carbonation, slight sweetness.

this was amazing, lots of interesting characteristics all over it.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Opened during an EPIC sour tasting with PapaEugene and others! For me, this was the 2nd time I had this beer. Thnx Nerd
Look: the beer pours a red-amber color with a purple hue in it and a nice fluffy head
Smell: Very funky barnyard with sour grapes, hay, grapefruit, lemon and musty oak
Taste: Taste is dominated by sour grapes. As the nose predicted, the beer is very funky. Some spicy oak and lemon in the sour, and very dry aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Smooth body with medium carbonation
Overall: What a great beer to try, still improved by age compared to the last time I had it. Try it if you can.

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

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5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of BOLTZ7555
4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle acquired via trade with daknole and shared @ RBWG...Dak you ROCK!!! Honestly, I love sours but have never seen/appreciated the wizardry of Cantillon. All prior brews were so jaw-locking that I didn’t really enjoy them. This one has made me reconsider and has opened my eyes to what this brewery can do. Popped the cork on this one and immediately noticed the fragrant aroma. I was awe-struck...this is the best smelling sour I have ever had the pleasure of inhaling. Incredible grape, tart cherry skin, lemon pith, and balsamic vinegar make their way to the nose. Extremely bright fruit presence, minimal funk in the aroma. Visually, this one was watermelon in color with a nice wispy white head. Solid carbonation. Beautiful. Flavor is vastly different that the aroma (and reading the ratings, it appears that everyone’s perception was skewed based on where in the bottle you got a sample). Tons of funk, horse blanket, and lemon Jolly Rancher accompany raspberry, grape, and wild cherry. Extremely acidic. Could drink this all day, every day. Truly incredible.

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4.7/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky off-purple pour into cantillon tulip, this is perfection in a glass. Dank aroma of musty grapes, faint funky profie ultimately overpowered by the robust fruit. Extremely heady taste..musky and tart, though not bracing. Like a blended vignerrone and st. Lamvinus with some cobweb and equestrian essence to mellow things out. Big thank you to Franco for the expedited shipping and the opportunity to try this. Thanks also to the kind fedex customs rep who said she would "see what she could do" after it was flagged. Can't wait to see how this develops over the next decade.

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3.82/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First review in 250 reviews where I'm not adding the beer. Came out of retirement to offer an opinion not skewed by hype.

Sampled 3/5/2011.

Pours a crazy pinkish orange color with a mostly white (stained with a little pink) head, moderately hazy, no lacing or retention.

Aroma is great. Heavy on the red grapes, some spices, and a healthy dose of barnyard funk and lemon in the background followed by a hint of oak. I could smell this all day.

Flavor is a huge let down. Those intense red grapes are there along with the typical fruity funk and lemon that I've come to love in my Cantiloons but what's this? Ocean water? Tastes like someone blended a pinch of sand and salt into the mix. And then comes the oak, and more oak. Very odd.

Mouthfeel is lambic. Light, really bubbly, refreshing. Drinkability is hindered by the seawater aspect of the beer.

Ƭίcƙ/Special Occasion for Wales #5,733

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4.8/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 Bottle opened January 2011

A: Slightly hazy orange-red with perhaps a slightly purplish hue. Small, but tightly-packed bubble-filled head. Spotty lacing.

S: Unique grape aroma. Best way to describe it is that wonderful Welches grape jelly aroma. Light acidic citrus undercurrents. A little oak and must. Some miscellaneous berries as well that are a little tough to identify with all that grape jelly.

T: Damn. I love this. Its like Blabaer in the sense that the uniqueness of the flavor is pretty close to mind-blowing. Like the nose tons of grape jelly, raspberries, lemon, wood, must, funk.

M: A slight sweetness up front followed by a drying finish. Medium to light bodied. Even effervescence. Not overly sour and puckering, but there is plenty of acidity there to keep a sour-head happy.

D: A truly unique Cantillon offering. Certainly one of my favorites. The only question is... what the hell do I do with my last bottle... drink or cellar?

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Cantillon Don Quijote from Brasserie Cantillon
4.49 out of 5 based on 81 ratings.
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